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Top Columnist: Donald Trump Sexually Assaulted Me at Bergdorf’s

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A top advice columnist is accusing President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her during a chance meeting while she was shopping at the iconic Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan.

E. Jean Carroll appears in a photograph on the cover of New York magazine, which features her story. She appears in the Donna Karan coat-dress she wore the day Trump allegedly attacked her. It “still hangs on the back of my closet door,” Carroll says. The magazine adds she has never worn it since that day, until now.

The details in the New York Magazine article, which are excerpted in part from Carroll’s upcoming book, are gruesome, disturbing, and “violent,” as NY Magazine reports. She describes Trump “forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”

When Carroll meets Donald Trump in Bergdorf Goodman, the encounter starts as a friendly one. Trump recognizes her as “that advice lady”; Carroll recognizes him as “that real-estate tycoon.” Trump tells Carroll that he’s there to buy a gift for “a girl,” and though we don’t learn the identity of this mystery woman, Carroll places the ensuing incident in late 1995 or early 1996, during which time Trump was married to Marla Maples. When Trump asks Carroll to advise him on what to buy, she agrees, and the two eventually make their way to the lingerie section. Trump suggests a lace bodysuit and encourages Carroll to try it on; she, deflecting, jokingly suggests that he try it on instead. After they reach the dressing rooms, events turn violent. In Carroll’s account, Trump shoves her against a wall inside a dressing room, pulls down her tights, and, “forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I’m not certain — inside me.”

The attack, she says, occurred in late 1995 or early 1996, when Trump was married to Marla Maples.

She says she told several friends, getting different advice.

“‘He raped you,’ she kept repeating when I called her. ‘He raped you. Go to the police! I’ll go with you. We’ll go together.’”

“‘Tell no one. Forget it! He has 200 lawyers. He’ll bury you.’”

The White House denies the allegations.

Carroll has been an advice columnist at ELLE since 1993, and has written five books.

She is at least the 16th woman to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Carroll has not mentioned the article or her allegation on Twitter but this tweet is posted to the top of her page. It’s from 2016:

 

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US Intel Official’s Whistleblower Complaint Is About a ‘Promise’ Trump Made to a Foreign Leader

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A U.S. Intelligence official who used to work at the White House lodged a whistleblower complaint with the Inspector General about a “promise” President Donald Trump made to a foreign leader. The subject of the communication with the unknown foreign leader is not publicly known, nor is  the name of the foreign leader.

The Washington Post reported this latest development late Wednesday night, reporting that “Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a ‘promise’ that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community.”

Trump’s “direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed.”

The IC’s inspector general “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has said.

“White House records indicate that Trump had had conversations or interactions with at least five foreign leaders in the preceding five weeks,” the Post reports. “Among them was a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the White House initiated on July 31.”

The whistleblower complaint was filed August 12.

MSNBC adds the whistleblower complaint should have been shared with the “Gang of 8,” the top leaders from each party of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. It has not been, which has become the subject of tremendous conflict between the White House, its Acting Director of National Intelligence, and Congress.

Read the entire report here.

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Leaks Against Jerry Falwell Jr Suggest Liberty University Wants Him Out as President: Conservative Columnist

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Jerry Falwell Jr. took over the evangelical Liberty University when his father died in 2007. Today, his myriad controversies—from his embrace of Donald Trump to the bizarre tale involving him, his wife and a pool boy—are threatening to spark a civil war at the institution.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, columnist Andrew Egger chronicles Falwell’s recent PR problems.

“Fallout from a legal dispute led to a series of bombshell reports about Falwell, which unearthed wacky details about, in the words of the New York Times, ‘the friendship between Mr. Falwell, his wife, and a former pool attendant at the Fontainbleau hotel in Miami Beach; the family’s investment in a gay-friendly youth hostel, and purported sexually revealing photographs involving the Falwells,’” Egger writes.

He points out that recent stories about Falwell Jr. in Politico and Reuters indicate Liberty insiders are leaking embarrassing information to reporters. The Reuter’s story contained nasty emails Falwell had written about students and faculty. In one, he called a student “emotionally imbalanced and physically retarded.” He also denigrated the police chief as a “half-wit.”

Eggers observes that whoever leaked the emails does not have a lot of faith in Falwell’s leadership. “Somebody, or some group of somebodies, wants Falwell out,” he notes. “The dispute is partly personal—Falwell certainly doesn’t come across as a guy who’s a good leader and manager in those emails—but also partly ideological.”

Related: Jerry Falwell Jr Sends Racy Photos of His Wife to University Officials — and Rants About His Penis Size: Report

He notes that Falwell’s tenure has not been entirely unsuccessful: he’s upped enrollment, possibly grooming future right-wing leaders. Yet, his vulgar demeanor—confirmed by the leaked emails—makes him an uneasy fit in the evangelical movement.

Egger observes that Falwell is very similar to Donald Trump in this way. “In other words, the argument for evangelicals supporting Falwell as president of Liberty bears a strong resemblance to the argument Falwell pioneered for evangelicals supporting Donald Trump as president of the United States,” he writes. “You don’t have to like everything he gets up to; in fact, plenty of it you’re probably better off not knowing about. But he’s the kind of guy, the argument runs, that you want in your corner when the chips are down.”

But that can easily backfire. “Because the trouble with having a guy like Falwell or Trump running your institution, is that there’s always a danger that the institutional brand is consumed by the individual’s personal brand.”

“A few years more of that, and what brand beyond Fallwellism will Liberty have to call its own?” he asks.

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Trump Signal Boosted Dangerous Tweet Falsely Claiming Democratic Congresswoman ‘Partied’ on 9/11 Anniversary

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A dangerous and false tweet claiming Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar “partied on the anniversary of 9/11” has been deleted. President Donald Trump retweeted the lie, which includes a video of the Minnesota Congresswoman dancing at a Congressional Black Caucus event on Sept. 13. The original video had been posted by progressive activist Adam Green, but was co-opted and repurposed by a Trump supporter.

Here’s the original tweet from Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:

Here’s a screenshot of the now-deleted, dangerous and false tweet from Trump loyalist and “comedian” Terrence Williams who has over 600,000 followers. It includes the video from Green’s tweet:

And here’s Trump’s retweet, which is still up:

Here’s how the tweet looked before the offending tweet was deleted by the Trump-supporting troll:

Trump has not removed his tweet, but he subsequently posted this tweet about Williams:

Williams last month reportedly suggested former President Bill Clinton was involved in the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.

A CNN reporter cites Twitter saying Williams deleted the original tweet:

Some responses to Trump’s retweet:

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